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Crazy 8s champion returning for attempt at three-peat

On Saturday, July 14, at 9:58 p.m., runners from all over the world will converge on Fred Johnson Stadium for the 23rd Indian Path Medical Center & CrestPoint Health Crazy 8s 8K Run.
For the past two years, Kenya’s Shadrack Kosgei has been the fastest of the fast, claiming the coveted Dash For The Gold in 2010 and 2011. Only one other runner, the great Peter Githuka, has claimed two Crazy 8s victories (1996 and 1997), and nobody has three.
Kosgei will be gunning for that distinction this year as he returns to the Crazy 8s to defend his title. His quest will be made more difficult as six of the top eight finishers from 2011 will also return, including second-place finisher Simon Ndirangu, who chased Kosgei all the way to the finish down the middle of the stadium football field. Ndirangu is also a former Crazy 8s champion, winning the race in 2007. Kosgei and Ndirangu rank fourth and seventh on the distinguished all-time Crazy 8s list, setting up an interesting rematch.
For more information or to register for any Crazy 8s event, visit www.crazy8s.org.

“Shadrack is one of the all-time greats at Crazy 8s,” said co-event director Hank Brown. “He could make history if he three-peats. Nobody has ever done that.”
Ahmed Baday from Morocco, who finished a close second to Kosgei in 2010 will also return to Kingsport for the 2012 race. Kosgei, Ndirangu, Baday, and the rest of the cast of 25 or so world-class runners will no doubt be chasing Githuka’s long-standing 22:03 world record and the $10,008 bonus for the first man to break the mark.

“The field is stacked this year,” said Brown. I don’t think we’ve ever had 6 of the top 8 back, and all 8 broke 23 minutes last year, which is amazing. We have several other studs which we’ll announce as soon as we finalize their travel plans. It’s going to be fun to watch!”

The McDonald’s of Greater Kingsport Little 8s Youth Field Day will kick things off on Saturday with fun field day activities for kids and families. The age group runs will feature races for toddlers to 12-years old with distances from 100 yards to 600 yards. Special 8s will return this year with races for individuals with special needs.

For more information or to register for any Crazy 8s event, visit www.crazy8s.org.